AC attends national microfinance stakeholders summit

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ADFIAP Consulting (AC) participated in the National Microfinance Stakeholders Summit organized and sponsored by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines) on April 5, 2011 at the Assembly Hall of the BSP compound.

The summit served as a platform for discussion among microfinance stakeholders and local and international practitioners on current issues and challenges facing the Philippine microfinance industry and international perspectives on various aspects of financial inclusion.

The main speakers in the summit were Dr. Alfred Hannig, Exec.Director of Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) who discussed the International Perspective on Microfinance and Dr. Elizabeth Rhyne, Managing Director of the Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION who talked about the Global Initiative on Consumer Protection in Microfinance.

A fishbowl discussion followed wherein current issues and challenges for Philippine microfinance was deliberated upon by government policy makers and regulators as well as well-known practitioners and academicians in the field of microfinance. A workshop on “Generating Ideas to Move the Philippine Microfinance Industry Forward” ensued and was moderated by Mr. Ed Jimenez, Microfinace Consultant of BSP.

The summit was capped by a ceremonial signing of the Practioners’ Commitment to Safe, Sound, Sustainable and Consumer-Friendly Microfinance by representatives from microfinance practitioners and a ceremonial toast to Philippine Microfinance and Industry Stakeholders by Governor Amando M. Tetangco of BSP who also delivered the closing remarks.

AC was represented in the summit by Ms. Corazon D. Conde, Head, ADFIAP Consulting and Ms. Cecilia M.Ibarra, Training and Advocacy Head of AC. Shown in the photos with Ms. Conde and Ms. Ibarra are Dr. Elizabeth Rhyne and officials from SB Corporation, Department of Finance, Landbank and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).

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